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Lawmakers Upset Over Partial Transportation Funding

This weekend the U.S. Senate wrapped up its work until after Election Day. One of the last orders of business was to pass a bill keeping the government funded for the next six months. But there was a problem with the bill.

Leaders left out half a billion dollars in highway funding, which advocates and lawmakers in the region say must be restored. Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says the omission is frustrating because lawmakers already agreed to a two-year highway bill.

"It's important for two reasons," says Cardin. "First the dollars are important. But secondly the message of whether what Congress does means anything. And here we gave a two-year commitment. The money should be there for two years."

Lawmakers say they believe the highway money will be restored in the fall during the lame duck session.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30, 2015

Folk music descends on Vienna this weekend. Elsewhere in Virginia, jazz music takes over a performing arts venue. 

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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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